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Pallid Sturgeon

Failure to reproduce

Failure to reproduce

A new study from a Montana State University-led team has determined the cause of the endangered pallid sturgeon's failure to successfully reproduce in the Missouri and other similar river systems.

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Larvae killing fields

Larvae killing fields

New research from an Montana State University-led study has detailed an oxygen-depleted "dead zone" that kills of hatched pallid sturgeon embryos where the Missouri River enters Fort Peck Reservoir. 

January 26, 2015 1:15 pmLoading…
Fish study

Fish study

The January 2015 edition of the journal Fisheries features pallid sturgeon on its cover and contains a paper detailing MSU-led research that uncovers the cause of the endangered species' decline in the upper Missouri River.

January 26, 2015 1:15 pmLoading…
Oil spill effects on fish, wildlife still uncertain

Oil spill effects on fish, wildlife still uncertain

Guided by lessons learned during the response to the 2011 oil spill in the Yellowstone River, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are attempting to gather baseline data on the effects of Saturday’s oil spill into the Yellowstone near Glendive.

January 21, 2015 2:32 pm Photos

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River flows boosted to attract pallid sturgeon to spawn

Marias River flows coming out of Tiber Dam in June will increase sharply to see if mimicking nature can help endangered pallid sturgeon reproduce.

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Congress opens tap for Montana water projects

Congress opens tap for Montana water projects

A bill for $12 billion supporting several Montana water projects is on its way the President Barack Obama’s desk after House and Senate approval last week.

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Blood draw

Blood draw

Dave Fuller, left, and Chris Wesolek draw blood and an egg sample from a female pallid sturgeon that was netted on the Yellowstone River last week. The samples are drawn to find out how close the more than 60-year-old fish is to spawning.

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Paddlefish release

Paddlefish release

Biological technician Ryan Wilson of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases a paddlefish that was caught in a drift net meant to capture pallid sturgeon.

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Untangling

Untangling

Netting crew members Zac Sandness, left, and Ryan Wilson work to untangle and release a paddlefish from their drift net.

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Cheating stick

Cheating stick

Fish Wildlife and Parks fisheries technicians pull in a drift net while searching for pallid sturgeon on the Yellowstone River. The antenna in the front of the boat allows them to locate radio-tagged sturgeon. The federal crews, which don't have the telemetry gear, jokingly call the antenna …

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The office

The office

Fisheries technician Tyler Berger rides in the bow of a jet boat on the lower Yellowstone River as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crew searches for pallid sturgeon last Thursday.

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Crews drift Yellowstone River to net pallid sturgeon

Crews drift Yellowstone River to net pallid sturgeon

WILLISTON, N.D. — A bison skull and a car’s transmission are two of the strangest things Ryan Wilson has pulled up in a drift net from the bottom of the Yellowstone River while trying to capture wild pallid sturgeon.

May 15, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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A rare fish

A rare fish

A pallid sturgeon netted on the Yellowstone River near the confluence of the Missouri River is probably over 60 years old. Aging the fish is difficult, but there has been no documented successful reproduction of the wild fish since the dam creating Lake Sakakawea in North Dakota was erected in 1955.

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Releasing the pallid

Releasing the pallid

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks employees, from left, Matt Rugg, Chris Wesolek, and Dave Fuller, release a pallid sturgeon after taking blood and eggs samples from the female fish.

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Fish diary

Fish diary

Zac Sandness, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife technician, records where fish were netted on the Yellowstone River.

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Bycatch

Bycatch

Tyler Berger, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service technician, releases a paddlefish from a drift net. Paddlefish spawn at about the same time as pallid sturgeon, so the more numerous fish are frequently caught as crews search for pallid sturgeon.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crews net pallid sturgeon

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service crews net pallid sturgeon

Ryan Wilson with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service talks about netting pallid sturgeon on the Yellowstone River in North Dakota.

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In Eastern Montana, a confluence of federal promises to farmers, fish stirs concern

In Eastern Montana, a confluence of federal promises to farmers, fish stirs concern

SIDNEY — In this frontier farm town of sugar beets and oil wells, spring arrives with the turn of an iron wheel.

May 04, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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